Season 5 Archives - Fleet Equipment Magazine
Watch: Three lessons learned from the ELD mandate

If your fleet has drivers who are currently required to keep records of duty service, Dec. 16, 2019 is a date with which you should be very familiar. That’s the day your fleet must start to use the electronic logging devices known as ELDs that are registered with the Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration, or FMCSA.

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Watch: The future of trailer tracking solutions

Software companies that create the trailer tracking systems fleet managers are familiar with know that having the ability to see the real-time location and status of your trailers can have a direct impact on your business’s productivity. So, we caught up with some of these companies to ask: What trailer tracking solutions are coming in the near future?

Watch: Fleet Equipment’s top five truck tire maintenance tips

Tires are one of your biggest costs. If you want to get the most life and the best ROI out of them, there are important maintenance checks you should be making on a regular basis.

Watch: Technician training in a virtual world

In the past, digital training opportunities in the industry meant leveraging video- and computer-based training. While these are still tried and true methods, today we can take it one step further by using virtual and augmented reality to train technicians.

Watch: In-house or outsourced fleet maintenance?

Your trucks are complex, expensive pieces of equipment. So, when it comes to your maintenance needs, deciding whether to go in-house or to use an outsourced provider can also be complex.

Watch: The difference between air ride and leaf spring suspensions

There are two major styles of suspensions for heavy-duty trucks out there, air ride and leaf spring, and knowing the difference between the two can be important based on your application.

Watch: Aluminum or steel wheels – What’s best for your truck?

Wheels basically fall into two categories – aluminum and steel. And like every other part you spec for your truck, the right choice for you might not be the right choice for your neighbor. Instead, it all depends on your application.

Watch: Keep wax buildup out of your diesel engine in cold weather

Cold weather is especially difficult on diesel engines. This is because a percentage of diesel fuel is made of paraffin wax molecules that give diesel that little extra little “umph” in the stored energy department. While these wax molecules are completely harmless in warmer temperatures, if the fuel gets cold enough this wax can crystallize and form a gel-like consistency that will clog the truck’s fuel filters.

Watch: Five tips to make your truck’s wheels last

There’s a lot to consider when spec’ing the wheels on your truck, but with the correct application and proper maintenance, these days it isn’t uncommon for wheels to last the life of the vehicle. Here are our top five tips to make sure your truck’s wheels last as long as the truck itself.

Watch: Providing the comforts of home within the cab

Trucking companies are always looking for ways to help recruit and retain good drivers. Sometimes this means more pay or other financial incentives, and oftentimes this means doing their best to provide the comforts of home within the cab.

Watch: Maintaining the right coolant mix is a must

The chemistry of today’s extended-life coolants is fairly complex, and you need to maintain the proper mix if you want to make the most of it.

Watch: Fifteen years later, are SmartWay tires still the smart choice?

The EPA launched SmartWay 15 years ago this month. It’s a program which was created to reduce freight transportation-related climate change and emissions, which ultimately leads to fleets saving more money. But after all this time, are SmartWay tires still the smart choice?